Pre-Sessional English Language 5 weeks (PS5)

Key information

Start date: August 2023

Attendance dates:

To be confirmed

Time commitment: Mon-Fri for 5 weeks


To be confirmed

Contact details:


This course is for international students with an offer to study on a degree course with us, have achieved the IELTS overall condition with 0.5 lower in one specified skill or who have met their English language entry requirements and want to ensure they are fully prepared for their studies.

You will automatically be moved onto your degree course on successful completion of the Pre-Sessional English Language 5 weeks (PS5) course, if this is condition of your offer, without the need to take any additional external language tests, including IELTS.

Hear from our students

Listen to what some of our students who attended the Summer Pre-Sessional English Language courses have to say about online learning.

Studying Pre-Sessional English online

Learning outcomes

  • Critical research skills
  • Study skills
  • Writing extended essays
  • Giving presentations.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Reading and listening activities
  • Speaking practice
  • Group discussions
  • Independent study
  • One-to-one tutorials.

Entry requirements

You will need to have already accepted a degree offer with us in order to be eligible for our Pre-Sessional English Language 5 weeks (PS5) course. 

    English language requirements

    If you are using this Pre-Sessional English Language 5 weeks (PS5) course to gain the relevant English language requirement for your degree course, you must have achieved:

    • The Overall IELTS Academic score
    • No lower than 0.5 in one skill only.

    For students who are required to have a higher or lower IELTS Academic score for the degree offer condition, the minimum entry levels for all pre-sessional courses will be correspondingly higher or lower. 

    If you present a variety of pieces of evidence of competence in English, you will only be judged on the most recent piece of evidence.

    Please see the list of the English language tests that can be accepted for the pre-sessional courses.

    Example entry scores

    Applicants who need an IELTS Academic 6.5 overall with no lower than 6.0 in each component for their degree course:


    *or IELTS Academic 0.5 lower in one specified skill.

    Applicants who need an IELTS Academic 6.5 overall with no lower than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other components for their degree course:


    **or IELTS Academic 0.5 lower in one specified skill.

    Fees and funding

    Price per person:

    To be confirmed

    What these fees include

    • 10% deposit: TBC
    • Remaining course fees: TBC*


    *We require the remaining fee to be paid four weeks before the course starts.

    Additional costs

    Throughout the duration of your studies it is likely that you will incur additional costs.

    Funding opportunities


    If you are being sponsored, evidence of this must be supplied to us after your initial application is made, via the applicant portal.

    This has to be issued by an authorised officer of an official sponsoring body and have a recent date of issue. This should be on company headed paper and should clearly state:

    • Your name and university number.
    • The programme for which you have been offered a place.
    • The level of fees that will be paid by the company.
    • The address the invoice should be sent to.
    • That the fees will be paid directly to the University of Surrey.

    How to apply

    Applications are not yet open, please register your interest below.

    Applications for this course are online we would advise you to apply as soon as possible as places are limited. Applications typically close four weeks before the start of the course or earlier if we reach a maximum number of applications. If we still have spaces on the course, we may extend the application deadline date.

    You are required to upload documents as evidence:

    • Evidence of your English language level
    • A valid copy of your passport or EU National Identity card (valid for international travel)
    • A copy of your sponsorship letter (if you are a sponsored student).

    Please note that as the course is online only, we are unable to sponsor students for a visa for the duration of the pre-sessional course.

    Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

    University can only issue a CAS number to cover the part of the course which takes place in person. At the end of the pre-sessional course, in order to apply for a Student visa for your degree course, you will need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), a unique reference number, which is confirmation of your unconditional offer to study with us. A 10% deposit or proof of sponsorship for the total is necessary to receive a CAS and be accepted.

    Please note, if you fail to successfully complete this 5-week course, and this is a condition of your offer, you will not be able to study on your degree course and your Student visa will be withdrawn, unless you re-take and pass the IELTS.

    Register your interest

    Terms and conditions

    When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations and our terms and conditions. You are also confirming you have read and understood the University's prospective student privacy notice.

    Cancellation policy

    The deposit or fees for the Pre-Sessional English Language 5 weeks (PS5) course, paid to the University, can be refunded if a request is made via email to at least two weeks before the start of the course.

    A full refund of any paid course deposit or fee will be refunded if:

    • The University is unable to offer the place.
    • The University closes the course.
    • The University cannot fulfil its offer of a place.


    This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the commencement of the course. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.